Hochul’s job note and Buffalo Bills’ new stadium aren’t so great

ALBANY — A recent Siena College poll released Monday found that nearly 60% of registered voters are unhappy with Governor Kathy Hochul’s job performance, though about 67% praised the governor and the legislature for amending the amendments. they made to bail laws three years ago. .

The poll also asked voters what they thought of the state suspending its gas tax through January and, unsurprisingly, it was favored by 73% of those who responded. (The Legislature originally considered suspending the fuel tax for six months, but many incumbent lawmakers privately noted that it would have expired before November, when they will be re-elected.)

Another question posed to voters was what they think of the state’s $600 million contribution for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. By a margin that may reflect the level of loyalty to the only NFL team that has its stadium in New York, voters disapproved of the subsidy by a margin of 63 to 24 percent. (It would be interesting to poll New Jersey voters to see if they would support grants for Metlife Stadium, home of the “New York” Jets and “New York” Giants, which was built without either.)

Returning to the question of ‘bail reform’, New York voters in the Siena poll indicate that just under 40% believe the changes to the statutes in the budget will have an effect on the skyrocketing crime rates. The changes include giving judges a bit more discretion over whether to set bail for repeat offenders or those arrested for gun crimes.

Finally, Hochul’s approval ratings have changed very little over the past month, with voters weighing 44-34% on how they view the Democratic governor.

“The changes the Governor and Legislature have made to the bail law — including giving judges more leeway to set bail in certain cases — have strong support from voters across the board. areas, with at least 58% of voters from every party, region and race supporting the changes,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said. “On whether voters think these changes will affect the crime rate — better than two to one they think the 2019 bail law has led to an increase in crime — the jury is still out.”

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